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Aug 29th


Feds close investigation into Trayvon Martin death

Feds close investigation into Trayvon Martin deathWASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Tuesday, February 24 that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Prosecutors from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department's Community Relations Service met today with Martin's family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.

KG returns: Minnesota Timberwolves, fans energized

KG returns: Minnesota Timberwolves, fans energizedIt seemed just like old times.

The atmosphere inside the Target Center was electric like it was back some 10 years ago when Kevin Garnett led Minnesota Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals. And though the Timberwolves are far removed from those days with the team dwelling at the bottom of the West, it didn't seem to matter to the sold-out crowd who came to see its favorite son return, power forward and future Hall of Famer, Kevin Garnett.

Shem Mustafa Shakir

Shem Mustafa ShakirShem Mustafa Shakir, son of the late Edward and Kathryn Stafford, was born on June 9, 1942 and passed away into eternal peace on July 9, 2014.

Celebrating the Life of Joseph Matey-Keke

Celebrating the Life of Joseph Matey-KekeThe life span of a person is like a lighted candle.

The length progressively diminishes with each passing minute and with each second bringing us nearer and nearer to the grave. So it is with all mortals. Our lovely brother Joseph Matey-Keke was by no means an exception.

Reflections: James Shelton Jr.

Reflections: James Shelton Jr.James Shelton, Jr. transitioned from this earthly life on Dec. 29, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale.

Emmanuel Joseph Udo

Emmanuel Joseph UdoOur father, the late Emmanuel Joseph Udo, was born in 1936 in Eket,
Nigeria. He died in Nigeria in December 2014. He was the younger of two brothers. Our uncle Enobong Joseph Udo passed away a few years ago.

Task force report finds major problem with Minnesota's Welfare-to-Work Program

Task force report finds major problem with Minnesota's Welfare-to-Work ProgramA task force created by the Legislature to look into how Minnesota spends its federal TANF dollars outlined a major problem within the welfare-to-work program, according to the final report released recently. The problem is a legislative issue: monthly MFIP cash assistance has not increased since 1986. A family of three receives $532 per month to cover basic expenses, including housing and transportation. As noted in the report:

Blacks Urged to Ramp Up Involvement in Internet Issues

NASSAU, Bahamas (NNPA) – Blacks need to become more involved in what might appear to be arcane debates over "net neutrality – having an open Internet – because the fast-evolving Internet will have a major impact on their lives, including how they consult with medical providers in the future, says Kim M. Keenan, president and CEO of the Multicultural Media & Telecom Council (MMTC).

Exclusive: Dean Smith's pardon letter for Wilmington Ten revealed

Exclusive: Dean Smith's pardon letter for Wilmington Ten revealedThis week, as the world mourns the passing of legendary UNC Tar Heel Head Basketball Coach Dean Smith, he is being remembered as a trailblazer not only for his championship winning hardwood strategy, but also for standing strong for social justice, and against racial discrimination.


UNITED HANDSMy forefathers held the links to the chain
My ancestors unlocked the pain
The next generations join hand and hand
We're united all over this land

Gov. Kitzhaber: Your job is not yet done

Gov. Kitzhaber: Your job is not yet doneThis post was co-authored with Rob Smith, Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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